I really can’t be effusive enough about my respect and admiration for John Laird. So, I was a bit disappointed to see Sam Blakeslee top the first round of voting. And he is frightfully close to the magic 50%. Right now he’s sitting on 49.7% of the vote with all precincts reporting.
Assuming that holds up we will have a run-off. With exactly the same candidates. Yes, you read that right. Because in special elections, every party leader goes to the general election, we’ll be seeing the same four candidates in the race. And turnout will be exceedingly low again.
So, in the next three months, we’ll need to work harder to claw back those 10,000 votes and turn out our voters. Surely if we would consolidate this election with the general election, like it should be, we would be in a solid position come November. However, Arnold chose to waste the money for another special election, so we will need to work ever harder to push John Laird over the top.